|Glover, George James.-- Worthy citizenship in the United States is
made up from all the races and nations of the world, but it has remained for those who are commonly known as Scotch-Irish to
acquire a distinction and leadership second to no others. Aptly typifying this class of our people in Louisiana may be named
George James Glover, one of the foremost business men of the City of New Orleans. His father, named William Rodgerson Glover, was
born in Edinburgh, the far-famed capital of Scotland, and the mother was Katherine Gibson, born in County Meath, Ireland,
Aug. 15, 1837. |
George James Glover was born in New Orleans,
Dec. 9, 1868. In the schools of his native city he acquired a rudimentary education such as may be gained by a youth under
14 years of age. At that early period of life he was compelled to begin work for the purpose of assisting in obtaining a
livelihood. This was in a large measure due to his father's death, which had occurred several years previous to that age
of the son. The meagre schooling of his earlier years has been largely supplemented in the rigorous school of experience, the
most successful of all teachers, until now Mr. Glover is one of the best informed and one of the most up-to-date business men
in New Orleans. When at the age of 14 years he took up the serious duties of life, he began work in the employ of Thomas
Carey as water boy, and after a few months he was advanced to be an apprentice in the brick-layers trade. Having acquired
the necessary skill in this calling, he was made foreman in charge of some of his employer's building operations. Later
he followed his trade in Birmingham and Bessemer, Ala., for a bout 1 year, when he returned to his native city. On arriving
he was given a junior partnership in the firm of Thos. Carey & Co. At a later date he entered the general contracting business
under the firm name of Glover & Carey, his partner being Albert Carey, son of his former employer. This continued for about 2
years and then, in 1899, Mr. Glover became associated with Mr. Chas. A. Sicard under the firm name of Glover & Sicard. Since
1901 Mr. Glover has carried on the business of general contracting alone.
It is typical of his Scotch ancestry that he has kept
continuously to the 1 business until he has achieved the highest standing in his calling. It is this persistent application along
a chosen course that has given the Scotch people their high and enviable reputation for success. In Mr. Glover 's case these
qualities have enabled him to reach an eminence in his life work such as no other in this city can justly claim and such as few in
the nation can equal. Among some of his most conspicuous achievements in construction may be mentioned the Whitney-Central, the Ursuline
convent, Central Boys' high school, Touro infirmary, Hotel Dieu, Canal-Louisiana bank and the Monteleone hotel buildings. This
is only a small list of the fine things he has done, but it serves to illustrate the broad scope and high character of
his business. Mr. Glover is a believer in the political doctrines represented by the Democratic party, but has not
sought political preferment at the hands of his fellow citizens. Under the administration of Gov. Foster he was a member of the
state board of health. His religious affiliations are with the Roman Catholic church, and socially he belongs to the Knights of
Columbus, the Elks, the American Society of Testing Materials, and also belongs to the Contractors and Builders exchange.
Jan. 9, 1901, he was married to Katherine, daughter of Armand and Katherine (Rednour) Troeseher of New Orleans, and they have
3 children: George Francis, born May 28 1903l; John Armand born March 8, 1908, and Mildred Louise, born Sept. 13, 1909.
As an indication of the high standing in the business and financial circles of New Orleans, it may be noted that in 1910 Mr. Glover
was chosen a director in the Hibernia Bank and Trust Co. and in 1911 was elected director in the Whitney-Central Trust and Savings
Bank, these being among the largest and strongest institutions of their kind in the country.
Source: Louisiana: Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns,
Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), pp. 178-180. Edited by Alcée Fortier,
Lit.D. Published in 1914, by Century Historical Association.